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CROWDRISE : Feb 13, 2013
Tax ID: 27-2451077
BASED: Austin, TX, United States


Our Mission

VELA empowers families of children with special needs through hands on courses, support and community building!.

" I walked into VELA and immediately knew I was in the right place. There were other parents like me and providers that understood. They really listened, they helped me see my strength and honored Brenda for who she is, not her diagnosis. VELA equipped me and my family for the road ahead. " 

VELA is the only nonprofit in Austin offering a free Family Empowerment Program for English and Spanish-speaking families of children with special needs.We inform, connect, support and empower the caregiver first. Now in our 6th year, we are honored to empower families through hands-on courses, monthly support groups, family fun days and supportive case management. We have served over 1,000 families and are just getting started. 

2017-2018 is a year of growth- VELA is planning its expansion! There are thousands of families that can't come to our 1 location- we are piloting new locations with health and school partners so that we can reach those families in the places they live. 

Tax ID: 27-2451077 •




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